PHB are a vegan company. None of the additives mentioned in this article are used by PHB.
You may have heard that the UK has banned the use of animal testing on cosmetics. YAY…
However…….there are still hidden animal products that you may not be aware of out there so here are a few
Carmine is a red dye that may find its way into lipsticks, blusher, eye shadow and other cosmetics. It is also used a lot in food and drinks, particularly items that are bright red (think of ruby-red juice and supermarket curries!). It is made of red pigment from the crushed female cochineal insect. PETA reports that 70,000 beetles must be killed to produce one pound of this dye.
If you see carmine in the ingredients then you might want to give that product a wide berth
Collagen in skincare creams often comes from chicken feet and ground-up animal horns! Yikes. And it may not even do that much for your skin despite the hype because it won’t be absorbed deeply enough into the skin (if at all) to help strengthen fibrous tissue.
Elastin is according to PETA, a protein that is extracted from the neck ligaments and aortas of cows. Check labels carefully if you see elastin. Most companies will now use a synthetic protein from plant tissues but buyer beware.
Emu Oil made from flightless ratite birds native to Australia and now factory-farmed. Used in cosmetics and creams. Lets leave the birds alone, our beauty should not be at the expense of the beauty of these stunning birds.
Fish Scales are used to make shimmery makeup especially nail polish. Choose a vegan brand such as the LivOliv range
Gelatin/Gel. A protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones in water. From cows and pigs. Used in shampoos, face masks, and other cosmetics. Used as a thickener for fruit gelatins and puddings (jelly). Also in sweets, marshmallows, cakes, ice cream, yogurts. On photographic film and in vitamins as a coating and as capsules. Sometimes used to assist in “clearing” wines. Geletin can be found in lots of places. How many animals are going to be killed so that we can have geletin in our shampoo……….?
Glycerin/Glycerol. Found in animal fat and often used in the making of soap. That’s another yeuk from me. Also found in cosmetics, foods, mouthwashes, chewing gum, toothpastes, soaps, ointments, medicines, lubricants, transmission and brake fluid, and plastics. Derivatives: Glycerides, Glyceryls, Glycreth-26, Polyglycerol. There are alternatives in the plant world such as vegetable glycerin. Again…check the label.
Glucosamine is produced commercially by the hydrolysis of crustacean exoskeletons. I don’t know about you but I don’t like the idea that any animal needs to die just to give me their marrow. There is not even that much peer supported medical evidence that it is as effective as the claims state.
Lanolin. Lanolin is extracted from sheeps wool so does not involve the sheep being killed so that it can be used. There is, however, a lot of cruelty out there so maybe it’s a product that you could avoid from now on.
Musk (Oil) is the dried secretion painfully obtained from musk deer, beaver, muskrat, civet cat, and otter genitals. Not seen so often nowadays but it is still in use.
Turtle Oil. Sea Turtle Oil as you may have guessed from its name, comes from turtles….from the muscles and genitals of giant sea turtles. Found in soap, skin creams, nail creams, other cosmetics/ Those poor turtles…..!
Vitamins – namely vitamins A, B, D and H….may all be animal derived.
It is a bit of a minefield out there when shopping so please keep checking the labels. Contact any companies you are unsure of and ask them about their ingredients.
Here at Purple Nanny I do my best to ensure that every product is cruelty free
Source: Peta – https://www.peta.org/